Newly opened NHS Lothian Alcohol Related Brain Damage Unit

Newly opened NHS Lothian Alcohol Related Brain Damage Unit
June 18, 2014

Following joint funding by NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Care and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, in August 2014 NHS Lothian are opening in an innovative service in Edinburgh for patients who have a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) following admission to an acute hospital in Lothian.

A 10 bedded step down unit providing step down care for patients, which will use a multidisciplinary team to provide treatment and support, will be managed by Penumbra in partnership with NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council (Department of Health & Social Care) and Waverley Care.

Funding provided by the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation enabled the project team to refurbish the outside space with new plants, shrubs, garden furniture and a selection of activity resources which can be used therapeutically and/or socially to aid their rehabilitation whilst in the unit.

The specially refurbished accommodation is set in woodlands and will provide the perfect environment for recuperation for the patients. The underpinning aim of the service is to provide a settling environment for people suffering from ARBD while undertaking on-going assessments in a controlled, safe and abstinent environment.

Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) refers to the effects of changes to the structure and function of the brain resulting from long term consumption of alcohol. There are estimated to be 600 people in Lothian suffering from ARBD and this number is expected to increase and approximately 60 – 80 patients per year will be transferred to the ARBD step down unit.